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Supply Chain Chaos Sparks Fried Chicken Shortage at Japan Stores

A South Korean holds a fried chicken dur

Photographer: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

As Americans celebrated Thanksgiving with turkey prices at record highs, another poultry dish that’s a beloved holiday tradition could be in short supply: fried chicken in Japan.

Convenience stores in Japan like 7-Eleven and FamilyMart are running low on fried chicken for their holiday platters due to plant closures in Thailand, one of the world’s major chicken producers, following a spike in coronavirus cases there in previous months.